About Cottesmore

Cottesmore is an award winning academic boarding prep school for boys and girls in West Sussex, less than an hour from London. We provide a popular train escort service to London Victoria Station.

Cottesmore has been preparing children for major public schools since 1894 and continues to provide excellent preparation for senior boarding schools who share Cottesmore’s belief in nurturing a rounded, dynamic individual. Cottesmore excels at ‘modern’ boarding. Its huge range of sports (33 at last count), hobbies and activities supplement a diverse academic curriculum. The drama, music and arts programmes are equally purposeful and vibrant.

“Quisque pro ingenio” is Cottesmore’s unofficial motto: “Everyone has a talent”. Cottesmore will find and nurture each child’s talent and help the individual grow strong in the light of his or her own success. Cottesmore is a school where children are taught to have faith in their own ability in a caring, confidence-inspiring environment. Cottesmore pupils are typically bright-eyed, confident without being arrogant, and academically driven. ‘They are happy, confident children,’ says the head of a famous senior school. You will receive a warm welcome when you walk through the front door and hopefully you will see for yourself the purposefulness and energy for which Cottesmore pupils are renowned.

Cottesmore recently won the Tes ‘Boarding School of the Year’ 2019 and were also a Tes finalist for ‘Independent School of the Year’ 2019.

Type of School co-educational
Number of Pupils 164
Pupils Boys 99
Pupils Girls 65
Pupils Prep 99
Number of Boarders 80%
International Boarders 20%
Age Range 4-13 years.
Religious Tradition Church of England
Distance from Airports

Gatwick – 11 miles; Heathrow – 50 miles.

Distance from London

35 miles.

Educational Programmes

We offer the English National Curriculum and Common Entrance

Co-Curricular Programmes

Athletics, Badminton, Ballet & Jazz Dance, Basketball, Chess, Cookery, Cricket, Fencing, Fishing, Film Club, Football, Gardening, Golf, Hockey, Improvisational Drama, Judo, Karate, Netball, Outdoor Pursuits, Real Tennis, Riding, Rounders, Rugby, Scuba Diving, Shooting, Snooker, billiards and pool, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis.